This vehicle benefits from £860 worth of factory extras including Tow Bar and Rear Privacy Glass. Also featured are Split panoramic sun roof, Satellite navigation with traffic, Alloy trim on dashboard, alloy trim on doors, alloy trim on centre console and alloy and leather gearknob, Audio system with digital media card reader, touch screen and CD player that reads MP3 CDs with DAB radio, Automatic air conditioning with two climate control zones, Automatic smart card/key includes keyless entry and keyless start, Bi-Xenon low beam Bi-Xenon high beam headlights with ellipsoidal lenses, Bluetooth includes phone connection, Collision warning system and includes driver monitor, Computer includes average speed, average fuel consumption, instantaneous fuel consumption and range for remaining fuel, Cornering lights/kerb illumination, Connections for iPod (front), USB (front) and auxiliary audio devices (front), Cruise control, Day time running lights, Engine start/stop, Front and rear radar-type parking distance sensors, Front and rear electric windows with one-touch, Front fog lights, Full-time four wheel drive with descent control, Heated washers, Rain sensing windscreen wipers, Refrigerated storage compartment in glove compartment, Vehicle start button and much more.
Diesel 42.2 combined MPG
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Front and rear electric windows, Heated windscreen washer jets, Rain sensor
ABS, Automatic post collision braking, EBD + Brake Assist, EDL, Electronic parking brake with auto hold, ESC with ASR, Hill descent control, Hill start assist
Front and rear textile carpet mats
Bluetooth Telephone preparation, Voice control system
Driver alert system, Speed sensitive power steering, Ultrasonic front and rear optical and audible parking sensors
Auto electric opening/closing of tailgate, Dusk sensor, Remote tailgate release
HDD satellite navigation with media storage, Multifunction computer, Service interval indicator
Auto dimming rear view mirror, Body colour door mirrors with integral indicators, Electric folding/heated/auto dimming door mirrors
Air vents in Matt chrome, Gloss black centre console
DAB Digital radio, MDI with USB/iPod connection cables, Radio/single CD/DVD player, SD card slot
Exterior Body Features
Black rear diffuser, Body colour bumpers, Body colour door handles, Body styling kit, Chrome exhaust tailpipes, Chrome protective strip on door sill, Chrome roof rails, Chrome trimmed radiator grille and air intake, Chrome trimmed side windows, Panorama electric glass sunroof, Rear roof spoiler
Automatic coming/leaving home lighting function, Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic corner lighting+automatic height adjustment+headlight washers + LED daytime running lights, Front fog lights with static cornering function, Puddle lights
12V socket in centre console, 12v socket in front centre armrest storage compartment, 12V socket in luggage compartment, 12V socket in rear centre console, 4 lashing points to secure luggage, Aluminium pedals, Bag hook in luggage compartment, Black roof lining, Folding rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders, Front centre armrest with storage box, Front cupholders x 2, Gear shift indicator, Heated leather steering wheel with paddle shift, Height/reach adjust steering wheel, Leather trimmed gearknob, Lockable, illuminated, cooled glovebox, Luggage cover, Multi-function controls for steering wheel, Stainless steel load sill protection, Storage compartment in driver's door, Storage compartment in passenger's door
Luggage compartment lighting
3 point front seatbelts with pre-tensioners, Active rollover protection, Child locks on rear doors, Curtain airbags, Driver/Front Passenger airbags, Driver/Passenger whiplash optimised head restraints, Front seat side impact airbags, Passenger airbag deactivate switch, Seatbelt warning lamp and buzzer, Three 3 point rear seatbelts, Tyre pressure monitoring system, Warning triangle and first aid kit
3 rear head restraints, Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment, Front seats lumbar support, Heated front seats, Isofix system on outer rear seats, Sliding/reclining rear seats
Alarm with interior protection, Anti-theft wheel bolts, Immobiliser, Keyless entry and start, Remote central locking
Torsen limited slip differential
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Wheels - Spare
Tyre mobility system
|Badge Engine CC:||3.0|
|Based On ID:||N|
|Coin Description:||V6 TDI BlueMotion Tech 262|
|Coin Series:||R Line|
|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||43E|
|Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:||12|
|Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:||3|
|NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:||N|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||N|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||N|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||N|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||N|
|Service Interval Frequency - Months:||12|
|Service Interval Mileage:||10000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||60000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||3|
|Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months:||N|
|Timing Belt Interval Mileage:||N|
|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Noise Level dB(A):||71|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|Engine Layout:||NORTH SOUTH|
|Fuel Delivery:||TURBO DIRECT INJECTION|
|Number of Valves:||24|
|EC Combined (mpg):||42.2|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:||True|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||47.1|
|EC Urban (mpg):||36.7|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||7.3|
|Engine Power - BHP:||262|
|Engine Power - KW:||193|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Power - RPM:||3800|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||428|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||59.2|
|Engine Torque - NM:||580|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||1750|
|Tyre Size Front:||275/45 R20|
|Tyre Size Rear:||275/45 R20|
|Tyre Size Spare:||TYRE REPAIR KIT|
|Wheel Type:||20" ALLOY|
|Height (including roof rails):||1732|
|Width (including mirrors):||2208|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||85|
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||2880|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||1642|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||580|
|Max. Loading Weight:||770|
|Max. Roof Load:||100|
|Max. Towing Weight - Braked:||3500|
|Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:||750|
|No. of Seats:||5|
|Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:||11.9|
Volkswagen's heaviest hitter looks a stronger proposition in third generation form. Jonathan Crouch reports
Volkswagen's third generation Touareg is a large luxury SUV that's now smarter looking, safer, better-equipped and more efficient. As before, this car's dynamically better than you expect it to be, both on road and off it. True, it can't offer more than five seats, but then neither can key rivals like BMW's X5, Mercedes' GLE-Class, Jeep's Grand Cherokee, the Lexus RX or Porsche's Cayenne. If you're looking at one of those contenders in this segment, then this under-rated Touareg offers a very complete package with a value proposition that could prove hard to resist.
Large luxury SUVs tend to be more about style than substance. Here's one that's different, Volkswagen's much improved third generation Touareg. The original version of this car, launched in 2003 and named after a North African tribe, represented the Wolfsburg brand's first venture into the luxury SUV market and struck a chord with quite a few buyers in this segment. The second generation version, introduced in 2010, was less successful; Wolfsburg hopes to regain momentum with this, that model's successor. The prospects seem quite promising; this MK3 Touareg does, after all, use the same MLB Evo platform you'll find in Porsche, Bentley and Lamborghini large SUVs. And, unlike them, it's actually quite at home off road. As before, the idea is to provide an appealing compromise between the extreme 'SUV'-ness of, say, a Toyota Land Cruiser or a Jeep Grand Cherokee. And more paved-surface-orientated large SUVs like the BMW X5 and the Mercedes GLE.
Most versions of this third generation Touareg uses 3.0 V6 TDI power mated to an eight-speed automatic Tiptronic gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive. This unit's an uprated version of the powerplant offered in this model's predecessor, this time round putting out 231 or 286PS. In the perkier variant, 0-62 mph takes 6.1 seconds, and the top speed is 146mph. A 340PS 3.0-litre V6 TSI turbocharged petrol engine is the alternative and you can also talk to your dealer about a 421PS V8 TDI diesel. A petrol Plug-in hybrid is planned for later in the product cycle. Pulling power remains a Toureg strongpoint, the 286PS 3.0 V6 TDI unit developing up to 600Nm of torque, which will make it ideal for towers who'll particularly like Volkswagen's handy 'Trailer Assist' technology that facilitates simple slow-speed manoeuvring. For on road use with this MK3 model, Volkswagen has (for top variants) developed an active all-wheel steering set-up and a roll stabilisation system with electromechanically controlled anti-roll bars. Plus there's two-chamber air suspension too, a set-up you can control via various driving modes. These range from 'Eco' and 'Comfort', through 'Individual', to 'Snow', 'Sand' and 'Off-road Expert'. Select the right setting and you'll be able to go surprisingly far off the beaten track. That'll be further aided by a centre differential lock with asymmetric dynamic torque distribution that acts as a transfer box for the flow of forces between the front and rear axle. A maximum of 70%t of the drive force reaches the front axle and up to 80% can be sent to the rear axle.
This third generation Touareg is yet another Volkswagen Group large luxury SUV to sit on that conglomerate's MLB Evo platform (the others being the MK2 Audi Q7, the Audi Q8, the Bentley Bentayga, the MK3 model Porsche Cayenne and the Lamborghini Urus). As before, the Touareg has just five seats but it's wider and longer than before, nearly 4.8m long, nearly 2.2m wide and over 1,7m high. There's a more dynamic look too, aided by the imposing new chromed front grille and sharper body detailing. The cabin of this MK3 model isn't quite up to Audi and Porsche levels of quality, but it feels very nice indeed and is dominated by what Volkswagen calls its 'Innovision Cockpit'. Here, a 12-inch digital instrument cluster - the 'Active Info Display' we've seen on lesser Volkswagen models - merges with the 15-inch TFT touchscreen of the latest 'Discover Premium' infotainment system to form a new digital operating, information, communication and entertainment unit. Never before has a Volkswagen interior of this type been digitalised and extensively linked to the vehicle functions and outside world to such an extent. As before, there's a comfortable back seat with sliding and seat reclining options. Luggage space is huge with a 1,051mm load area length and a maximum load capacity of 810-litres (seats up) or 1,800-litres (seats down).
Most MK3 model Touaregs are bought with the 3.0 V6 TDI diesel engine but there are four trim levels - 'SE', 'SEL', 'R-Line' and 'R-Line Tech'. Prices start at around £46,000 for this engine in 204PS form - there's a premium of around £1,800 to get it in 262PS guise. The asking figures range up to about £58,000. The 3.0 V6 TSI petrol version starts in 'SEL' trim from about £53,000. Options include electrically adjustable front seats featuring a special pneumatic massage function with no fewer than eight programs. The intensity of the massage functions can be continuously adjusted via individual air cushions. Natural light comes in through the optionally available panoramic sliding roof - the largest yet offered by Volkswagen. The transparent roof section is 1,270mm long and 825mm wide (inner dimensions), and the front half can be continuously opened and electrically moved back by almost half a metre (495mm) and raised. Meanwhile night driving can be more pleasant thanks to an optional LED ambient light system. Using the ambient light, the atmosphere on board the Touareg can be personalised via 30 different light colours whose brightness can be adjusted. There's also an optional night vision system using a thermal imaging camera. Camera-driven safety innovations include 'Front Cross Traffic Assist' - which responds to traffic crossing in front of the car. For autonomous driving, there's 'Traffic Jam and Roadwork Lane Assist' which offers partly automated steering and lane departure warning up to 37mph, plus autonomous acceleration and braking).
Don't expect too much here. This is, after all, a large luxury SUV that in 3.0 V6 TDI form carries a substantial 2,070kg of kerb weight. Expect 42.8 mpg on the combined cycle and 182g/km of CO2 from the 286PS variant. The 3.0 V6 TSI petrol version manages 31.7mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 203g/km. If that's not good enough, you can ask your dealer about the forthcoming petrol plug-in hybrid version. As for servicing, well as usual with Volkswagen models, there's a choice of either 'Fixed' or 'Flexible' maintenance packages. You'll choose the 'Fixed' approach if you cover less than 10,000 miles a year and with this, the car will typically be looked at every twelve months. If your daily commute is more than 25 miles and your Touareg will regularly be driven on longer distance journeys, you'll be able to work with a 'Flexible' regime that can see you travelling up to 18,000 miles between garage visits - or every two years, whichever is sooner. The TDI engines many customers will choose, like most modern diesel powerplants, get a selective catalytic reduction filter to cut down on nitrous oxide and, as with similar rival units, are designed around the injection of a urea-based solution called AdBlue into the exhaust gas stream to help clean up emissions. The liquid used is stored in a 12-litre tank mounted at the rear beneath the boot and this will need topping up as part of regular servicing.
As long as you don't need seven-seats in your large, luxury SUV, this Volkswagen is still a hard option to ignore if you're looking for an appealing balance between style, speed and 'SUV'-ness, with reasonable pricing and running costs that suggest more modest means. True, it doesn't have the brand cachet of some of its illustrious rivals - but perhaps that's no bad thing. For this car's loyal band of buyers, the Touareg's unpretentious approach is, after all, one of its biggest draws. It's a pity though, that so few of them know exactly how capable it is in the rough stuff. Of course a cynic might ask in what way a Touareg is class-leading and it would be tough to pinpoint one. Its chances of success reside in managing to convince enough people enough of the time that it covers the required bases competently. If that sounds like damning with faint praise, it's not meant to. Think of this car as an artful exercise in managing compromises instead. It's still well worth your attention and with prices now overlapping with compact SUVs, its value proposition speaks for itself.
By Jonathan Crouch
Volkswagen's much improved post-2014-era second generation Touareg is a large luxury SUV that's dynamically better than you expect it to be, both on road and off it. True, it can't offer more than five seats, but then neither can key rivals from this era like BMW's X5, Mercedes' GLE-Class, Jeep's Grand Cherokee, the Lexus RX or Porsche's Cayenne. If you're looking at one of those contenders in this segment, then this under-rated Touareg offers a very complete package with a used value proposition that could prove hard to resist.
5dr large SUV (3.0 V6 TDI 204PS/262PS)
Large luxury SUVs tend to be more about style than substance. Here's one that's different, the much improved post-2014-era version of Volkswagen's second generation Touareg. If you're searching for a large, plush 4x4 of this kind, convention suggests that there are really only two main buying options. On one hand, it's possible to prioritise style and on-road driving dynamics with something like a BMW X5 or a Mercedes GLE-Class. Or, taking the opposite perspective, you might prefer to put off road capability first and get yourself something more capable but a little clunkier - say a Toyota Land Cruiser or a Jeep Grand Cherokee. But does it have to be like that? After all, few of us like to be pigeon-holed in our buying preferences and a contender in this class truly able to offer the best of both worlds ought to be very welcome. That's always been the appeal of this Touareg, striking as it does a very appealing compromise when it comes to looks, tarmac capability and off piste prowess. The first generation version of this car, launched back in 2003 and thoroughly updated in 2007, satisfied plenty of people and also formed the base for sister brand Porsche's hugely successful Cayenne model. This second generation Touareg, a car we first saw in 2010, also shared its underpinnings and mechanicals with the Cayenne but initially attracted much less of a following, despite being lighter, sleeker and better equipped than its predecessor. So in the Summer of 2014, Volkswagen introduced the much improved MK2 model Touareg we're looking at here as a potential used buy, a car that claimed to be safer, smarter and more efficient.
At its original launch in 2010, one of the most impressive things about this second generation Touareg was the way that its designers managed to make what was a significantly bigger car look significantly smaller. This improved second generation Touareg design stayed on-message with this current trend, a leaner and slightly more cohesive look disguising the fact that it was actually a little longer and wider than before, 6mm longer and 68mm wider. It's still got an imposing kerbside presence though, thanks primarily to a redesigned front end featuring larger Bi-xenon headlamps that flank a deeper, more stylish chromed radiator grille with four rather than just two horizontal fins. Compared to the original MK2 model, there's a re-profiled bumper too. Inside the boot, there's 580-litres of luggage space on offer, more than you get in a rival Lexus RX. It makes it all the more surprising that the designers of this Touareg chose not to offer the extra fold-out third seating row you'd get in direct competitors like Audi's Q7, Volvo's XC90 and the Range Rover Sport. Perhaps the Touareg development team were concerned that adding such a feature might compromise the room available for rear seat folk. There's plenty of space for heads, legs and knees, particularly if you take advantage of the fact that the seats recline for greater comfort on longer journeys. And use the facility to prioritise either leg or luggage room by sliding the rear chairs back and forth. Up front, though there's the usual commanding SUV driving position, though it doesn't deliver quite the all-round vision you'd get in, say, a Range Rover or a Land Rover Discovery because this Touareg's window level is that little bit higher. As previously in this car, there are supportive six-way-adjustable heated leather seats with lumbar support that position you perfectly in front of a thick three-spoke leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel that of course you can tailor for both reach and rake. The centre of the dash is, as you'd expect in this class of car, dominated by a large infotainment touchscreen. All the usual accoutrements then, of 21st century motoring.
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The Touareg hasn't earned a faultless reputation for reliability, with Volkswagen's warranty department paying out for brakes and fuel system claims. Market research firm J.D. Power, meanwhile, gave the 2012 version of the Touareg an "about-average" grade for overall quality, and "worse-than-average" grade for predicted reliability. Our ownership survey revealed a few issues. Propshaft failure is common at around every 70,000 miles. Make sure the propshaft bearings have been replaced on higher mileage examples and this will prevent premature failure. Also the auto gearbox is sometimes prone to failure. Check for smooth sifting from 4th to 5th and back down for signs of wear. Although the build quality is great, some of the dashboard plastic are a little less premium compared to other premium SUV products, so check that all switches and intricate bits operate properly. The Touareg owners forum site - www.mytreg.com - will help with further info.
(approx - based on a 2015 Touareg V6 TDI 262PS ex VAT) An oil filter will sit in the £10-£25 bracket, an air filter in the £13-£15 bracket and a fuel filter in the £24-£30 bracket. A radiator will be about £148 and wiper blades will probably cost between £10-£13. A pair of front brake discs are around £62-£118, though pricier brands can cost in the £150-£268 bracket. A pair of rear brake discs are around £70-£115. A pair of front brake pads is around £30-£92, though pricier brands can cost in the £174-£235 bracket. A pair of rear brake pads is around £24-£44, though pricier brands can cost in the £64-£86 bracket.
You tend to approach a drive in a two-tonne luxury SUV with certain preconceptions - two in particular. There'll be a luxuriously commanding high-set driving position - which is certainly the case here. And the car will be heavy and ponderous when it comes to twisty roads - which is where this Volkswagen has a few surprises in store. No, it's not BMW X5-like in its ability to iron out the bends on a twisty B road but it's far more capable on the tarmac than you'd ever expect a vehicle to be that can handle wilderness trails the Bavarian model couldn't even think about attempting. All Touaregs from this era get 3.0 V6 TDI power, this diesel unit solely matched to permanent 4WD and an old-school eight-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox. This engine comes in two states of tune: there's an entry-level 204PS version with 450Nm of torque that manages 62mph from rest in 8.7s on the way to 128mph. And the powerplant over 80% of buyers here chose, the 262PS unit with a thumping 580Nm of torque. Whatever Touareg you choose, the ground clearance and climbing ability you get can be dramatically improved if you get a car whose original owner specified the optional air suspension system. This gives you a selectable, higher 'Raised' mode that can set your Touareg as much as 286mm off the deck. For most, the straightforward '4MOTION' 4WD system you get on the standard models will be more than sufficient for the slippery stuff. With this, once you're off the beaten track, you simply twist a rotary dial by the gearstick into the designated 'Off Road' setting. This tunes the ABS braking, the EDS differential and the ASR anti-slip regulation traction control for 'off piste' duty, while at the same time activating Hill Descent Assist and adjusting the automatic gearbox change points.
As long as you don't need seven-seats in your large used luxury SUV from the 2014 to 2017 era, this improved second generation Volkswagen Touareg is hard option to ignore if you're looking for an appealing balance between style, speed and 'SUV'-ness, with reasonable pricing and running costs that suggest more modest means. True, it doesn't have the brand cachet of some of its illustrious rivals - but perhaps that's no bad thing. For this car's loyal band of buyers, the Touareg's unpretentious approach is, after all, one of its biggest draws. It's a pity though, that so few of them know exactly how capable it is in the rough stuff. As for the updates made to this improved second generation model - the greater efficiency, the extra safety, the new technology and the smarter look - well all of it was welcome and usefully enhanced this Volkswagen's appeal in its class. Your choice in this segment can be both quick and capable. And pretty stylish too - on any terrain. Try this car - and you'll understand how.